Kara Redoutey, MBA
What are the barriers to doing this?
Even though most foundations really focus on the cost effectiveness of their events and the cost to raise a dollar, it is nearly impossible to avoid expenses altogether when hosting events. There are usually expenses associated with events, such as invitations, food, and entertainment, but there is also a large amount of time given by the people involved in planning and executing the events. Many foundations even rely on volunteers and board members to really step up and assist with the execution of events, but these folks usually have other full time jobs too. Events take a lot of planning meetings, time, and focus to execute them successfully.
What is the case for doing it anyway?
Events create awareness for your foundation and your purpose. While events can be entertaining and lots of fun, there is usually a moment during the event where attendees can learn about the foundation. We often share a brief overview of the development foundation and show a video highlighting the purpose for the fundraising event. The event and the education on the foundation you provide can give attendees a glimpse of your organizational culture and show what you’re all about. The best thing about events is that they often bring like-minded people together supporting an initiative to improve the community.
How can you help?
- Purchase a ticket to the next event and attend. You’ll learn more about the development foundation and have fun.
- Volunteer your time to the foundation or a particular event committee. There is nothing more valuable than your time and assistance with tasks.
- Thank the event committee who works so hard to host a fun and successful fundraising event. It really is hard work.
Do you have any questions about fundraising events?